I agree.<quoted text>
Making sure kids to their homework and checking in so they realize everyday that they have a parent who cares is not helicopter in my view. It's being a parent.
If you're doing that when they're in college -- different story.:)
The other day before leaving home for the morning, Nick asked Nick Jr. if he needed his trumpet that day. "No." Or his binder for some class. "no." Then that morning Nick got a call from his kid at school. "Dad, can you bring me my trumpet and my binder?"